Who isn’t familiar with the hooligans who disrespect traffic rules? At times they jump signals because they are too impatient, and at times they ride their bike on footpaths because hey, the pedestrians can move aside.
And then there are those who care too much about fossil fuels and decide to drive on the wrong side to avoid going a few metres ahead. Not only do they disregard traffic rules, but also pose a danger for those who are driving on the right side.
Remember the story of two goats crossing the bridge at the same time? Disobeying traffic lane discipline poses a similar threat, where both parties might get in an accident. And unlike goats, cars cannot drive over each other without hurting anyone.
The Pune authorities have taken extreme steps to stop drivers from driving on the wrong side of the road.
Traffic signs and cops were evidently not working, so now, the tyres of your bike will be slashed if you drive on the wrong side.
“Tyre Killers” have been installed in Amanora Park town, which is a township in Pune, and the authorities hope to bring down the number of drivers driving on the wrong side of the road.
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But won’t these tyre killers slash tyres of those driving on the right side too?
The tyre slashers are sharp spikes installed on roads in an inclined manner. If you are driving in the correct lane, they will simply act as speed breakers, and make you reduce the driving speed.
However, since they are pointed in the opposite direction of the right lane, they will puncture tyres of those breaking traffic lane discipline.
This method is an extreme step to stop hooligans, but it seems like a necessary one, given the danger of driving in the wrong lane. Victims of the tyre killers risk falling and hurting themselves badly. Depending on their speed, they might even cause serious accidents.
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Needless to say, this method is not the most fool-proof one, but think about it—how many in India have real respect for traffic signs and rules? These rule breakers pose a threat to those who drive safely, and as per rules.
The tyre killers do not actually have to slash tyres. The mere warning that they will puncture your tyres, and might lead you in an accident is enough to stop one driving on the wrong side.
However, only time will tell how well they work to restrict traffic rule breakers.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)